John O’Mahony said Mayo and Galway West shared similar issues that he had worked on during his time in the Dáil. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Mayo TD John O’Mahony has decided to change constituencies to Galway West ahead of the General Election despite previously saying he was being treated(...)

Michelle Mulherin is Fine Gael’s only female TD in the Mayo constituency. A Fine Gael source highlighted her strength in her Ballina base, in contrast with John O’Mahony’s loss of 10,000 voters from his area following boundary changes. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

A constituency colleague of Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he is being treated as a “movable feast” to ensure Fine Gael complies with gender quota legi(...)

Michael Healy-Rea: report said he hid ‘behind the veneer of a friendly/simple country yokel’ but was ‘unbeatable electorally’. It claimed he had a ‘vicious temper . . . he is not like his more collegial father in that regard.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae has accused Fine Gael of “looking down their nose” at him after party strategy documents accused him of hiding beh(...)

Senator Hildegarde Naughton (above) has a “strong public image” but “poor knowledge of the political landscape”. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Fine Gael could be damaged in Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s Mayo constituency because of “real concerns over perceived lack of Government delivery”, accordi(...)

Senator Katherine Zappone:  said it  was regrettable it had taken successive Irish governments more than 20 years to legislate for gender recognition. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The formal recognition of the identity of transgender people was a mark of the growing maturity of Irish society, Tánaiste Joan Burton told the Sean(...)

Fine Gael Mayo TD John O’Mahony said he has made no ‘final decision’ over whether he will move constituency to Galway West for the general election. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

There is increased speculation that Fine Gael Mayo TD John O’Mahony will move constituency to Galway West for the general election after the loss of (...)

 A group of asylum seekers from the Eglinton direct provision centre Salthill, Galway,  who gathered to speak to Irish Times journalist Carl O’Brien in Galway recently. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

In classic Government understatement, a confidential document described Ireland’s direct provision system as “not ideal”. The same document adds, howe(...)

Senator Ronan Mullen with asylum seekers Maurice Kiesse, Patricia Murambinda and Gerald Musekiwa before his Private Members’ motion in the Seanad. Photograph: Alan Betson 3:03

Internal Government briefing material claims any alternative to the direct provision system for asylum seekers may result in a “pull factor” for those(...)

Hildegarde Naughton: ‘What is happening now is a review of the situation as the programme comes to a close.’ Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Fine Gael Senator Hildegarde Naughton has said Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar should address the Seanad to clear up any confusion about the futu(...)

Direction issued to An Garda Síochána over access to solicitor following Supreme Court judgment

Suspects in Garda custody can now have their solicitor present during interviews after a major policy shift by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DP(...)